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Mechanical Engineering applies the fields of physics, mathematics, and materials science to the design and realization of mechanical and thermal systems. For over a century mechanical engineers have played a central role in creating the infrastructure of modern society while addressing the emerging interdisciplinary challenges of tomorrow.
At SCU, you’ll receive a rigorous theoretical foundation coupled with hands-on laboratories and projects. You’ll have the opportunity to make real connections with faculty and even work with them on cutting-edge research. Rooted in the Jesuit tradition, our curriculum challenges students to consider the moral, ethical, and social impacts of engineering while supporting entrepreneurial thinking. Combined with the breadth of the core curriculum, the mechanical engineering program at SCU trains the whole person to create engineers of conscience, competence, and compassion.
Our undergraduates take advantage of our prime location in the heart of Silicon Valley to gain experience in summer internships and find sponsors for design projects. Our M.S. and Ph.D. programs welcome students from all over the world as well as those practicing engineers working right here in the Valley. Graduates of our programs work in the Valley and beyond in diverse industries such as aerospace, autonomous vehicles, semiconductors, medical devices, data science, Internet of things, and advanced manufacturing.
Students, Alumni, and Faculty Spotlights
Faculty, staff and students in the Robotic Systems Laboratory (RSL), directed by Dr. Christopher Kitts, are currently working on several innovative marine systems as part of three grants valued at more than $1,300,000. These include development of a deep sea water sampler using shape memory alloy technology to sample water at temperatures of up to 200 deg C (National Science Foundation), a new hybrid aerial/underwater vehicle (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), and a long duration autonomous underwater robot (Office of Naval Research).
Dr. Mohammad Ayoubi received in-kind donations of $280K from Sentek Dynamics, Crystal Instruments, and PCB Piezotronics in order to establish a research laboratory in the areas of structural dynamics, shock, and vibrations. Many standard tests including thermal, humidity, sinusoidal, and random vibration of mechanical, electronic and electrical components can be performed in this new laboratory.
Dr. Mahantesh Hiremath begins his term as the 140th President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), leading the professional society to help the global engineering community address real world challenges. Dr. Hiremath is an Adjunct Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at SCU. In addition to teaching in the areas of dynamics and mechanical vibrations, Dr. Hiremath has fostered our close ties to the local aerospace industry in Silicon Valley.
We are so proud of your accomplishment, and wish you all the best in the years to come! We have also celebrated the achievements of some graduating MECH seniors at the the 2021 Engineering Senior Awards and Honors Convocation.
Dr. Michael Taylor has received the Award for Teaching Excellence in the School of Engineering. “Professor Taylor really cares about his students and wants them to learn the material and succeed.” This student comment is representative of the many accolades Michael Taylor consistently earns on his outstanding teaching evaluations.
Dr. Nataliya Starostina was featured in a blog by Oxford Instruments entitled “Innovate- How do you teach a lab course under COVID-19 restrictions?” on her new way to teach MECH 333B Experimental Analysis in Materials Science.